“The small off-grid home we’re helping friends build here in the Appalachian foothills is getting a bunch of work done to it recently. The biggest task of the moment is building the earthbag stemwall, which we need to finish before our upcoming Straw Bale Workshop in July. We opted for an earthbag stemwall due to the availability of appropriate materials, the relative ease of construction, and the unique siting of the house. All things considered, I think going the earthbag route has been a good choice.
They are low cost, require less time to complete, and frankly they’re easier to work with than other comparable choices. Outside inputs are either low (the amount of total plastic is not significant) or readily available and abundant (gravel for fill from a local quarry, and clay from the site itself.) Note too that we’re building straw bale walls on top of the earthbags (with a toe-up between the two). These two methods are a good match as well.”
More at the source: Year of Mud blog